Amid VP buzz, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigns; no Muslim in Cabinet

New Delhi: Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and R C P Singh submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, a day before the completion of their Rajya Sabha term, sources said.

Considering that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not extended his term, as Naqvi’s resignation, has also given rise to speculations that he may run for Vice Presidential elections. Naqvi also reportedly met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president JP Nadda, on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Modi had lauded both Naqvi and Singh during the cabinet meeting for their contribution to the country during their tenure, in an apparent suggestion of it being their final cabinet meeting, sources said.

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With their term as Rajya Sabha MPs set to end on Thursday, both ministers submitted their resignations to fulfil the constitutional obligation as they will cease to be parliamentarians from Friday.

Naqvi, a senior BJP leader, is also the deputy leader of the Rajya Sabha. Singh is a minister in the Modi Cabinet from JD(U) quota.

(The story has been edited from inputs from Siasat’s news desk.)

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